There’s something about being outside in the fresh air and sunshine that provides a rejuvenating, refreshing effect. A new study out of Stanford University has proven that spending time in nature is linked to improved mental health. In a two-part research series, researchers found a negative correlation between time spent in green spaces and negative thinking or brooding. This information complements other studies that have shown higher levels of psychological problems in people without access to nature than in those who do have access to nature.

So what does this mean? Spend time outdoors. Enjoy a nice stroll or some physical activity- not only for the physical benefits but also for the mental benefits.

Click here to read the full article by Constance Schardd, PhD for Psychology Today.